In the latest update for the popular MOBA Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard adds Diablo 2 necromancer Xul to the quickly expanding roster of playable characters.
Blizzard’s MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, continues to expand by adding characters from as many of their franchises as possible. Just recently, the action RPG franchise Diablo has been in the spotlight with Diablo 3 wizard Li-Ming joining the burgeoning character roster. Not content to just add one Diablo hero into the mix, fans can now purchase another popular character from the series, as the Diablo 2 necromancer Xul joins the fight today in the latest game update.
The biggest piece of this update is Xul himself, and while his look has changed somewhat to better fit the visual aesthetic, players should immediately recognize his iconic kris dagger and scythe. According to Blizzard, Xul is more of a specialist character and is a great counter to heroes that have a higher attack speeds such as Thrall or Reynor.
Xul even features abilities that longtime Diablo II players should recognize such as poison nova, corpse explosion, raise skeleton, and bone spear to name a few. Interestingly enough, Blizzard also admitted to toying around with Golems, which was another iconic ability for the class, but ultimately found that it just cluttered up the battlefield.
In addition to Xul, the update also includes a number of fan requested updates which should make long time players happy. One of the most requested additions has been to allow players to announce ability cooldowns. With this update, players can notify teammates how much time is left on ability cool downs, which should let teams better synchronize. Lastly, custom game lobbies can now hold up to 6 observers, which many fans have been requesting to help improve multi-language streams.
As Heroes of the Storm is a way for Blizzard to bring all of their IPs together from franchises like Diablo, StarCraft, Warcraft, and even older franchises like The Lost Vikings, their newest IP Overwatch appears to be next up for representation. As one of the pre-order bonuses for the Overwatch Origins edition of the game, players will unlock the speedy teleporting character Tracer for use within Heroes of the Storm. It’s not known if Tracer will eventually be widely available for non-Overwatch players or if other characters will eventually enter the Nexus, but it’s something players probably should expect to see sometime in the future.
Considering the extensive history that Blizzard has and large pool of characters to pull from, who else would you like to see the company add to the roster in the future? Let us know what you think down in the comments.
Heroes of the Storm is available now and free to play on the PC.